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03/21/2018

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11/23/2014

Existing travel band in South Buffalo -South of Clinton-(City of Buffalo) has been lifted! but still be cautious of heavy equipment still on the road.

MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES MUSEUM DAY IN BUFFALOMore than a dozen museums and cultural institutions in Buffalo will open thei...
09/26/2014
Arts Access

MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES MUSEUM DAY IN BUFFALO
More than a dozen museums and cultural institutions in Buffalo will open their doors free of charge
September 27th as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live!
BUFFALO– Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Arts Commission and representatives from Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and participating museums and cultural organizations, gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall to announce that on Saturday, September 27, 2014, more than a dozen Buffalo area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission to visitors who present a ‘Museum Day Live!’ ticket, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative. He also issued a proclamation, declaring September 27, 2014 as ‘Museum Day’ in the City of Buffalo.
“Buffalo is known for its great museums and cultural institutions,” said Mayor Brown as he thanked Arts Services Initiative of WNY for its role in recruiting local participants for this initiative. “I’m thrilled to partner with our local arts and cultural community to bring this ‘Museum Day’ initiative to Buffalo, opening up our city’s great treasures to thousands of people, free of charge.”
"National Museum Day is a great reflection of ASI's belief that the arts are for everyone and on September 27 everyone can visit some of our great culturals for free," said Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk. "This is a great addition to ASI's Arts Access Program, which offers year-round free and low cost cultural opportunities to the general public and to those in need."
For more information about ASI’s Arts Access Program, go to www.arts-access.org.
Museum Day in Buffalo is presented in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s commitment to make learning - and the spread of knowledge - accessible to all, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to mirror the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. For one day only, participating museums across the country and in Buffalo will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution, opening their doors free of charge to those who download a ‘Museum Day Live!’ online ticket.
The following local museums and cultural institutions are participating in the ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative:
• Albright Knox Art Gallery
• Buffalo History Museum
• Buffalo Museum of Science
• Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (Amherst)
• Buffalo Religious Arts Center
• Burchfield Penney Art Center
• The Colored Musicians Club
• Fenton History Center (Jamestown)
• Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (N. Tonawanda)
• Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society
• Nash House Museum
• Steel Plant Museum
• Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
“The Arts Commission is excited about the increased opportunity for individuals to experience some of the cities hidden treasures free of charge,” stated Catherine Gillespie, City of Buffalo Arts Commission Chairperson.
Now in its tenth year, more than 500,000 guests are expected to visit over 1,000 museums across the country on Museum Day Live! Visitors who present the ticket will gain entrance for two at an institution of choice on Saturday, Sep. 27, only; one ticket per household, per email address. To obtain your ticket, visit: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

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Arts Access is a new free program from Arts Services Initiative of Western New York that opens the door to arts and culture for all Western New Yorkers by connecting them to free and low cost cultural opportunities in their communities.

07/14/2014

FOR SPANISH SPEAKING RESIDENTS:

CUIDAD DE BUFFALO
2014/15 PLAN DE ACCION ANUAL
ENMIENDAS DEL PLAN DE ACCION ANUAL

Martes Julio 15, 6 PM
Cruz Roja Americana (edificio posterior)
786 Delaware Avenue (esquina con Summer)

Alcalde Byron W. Brown invita a residentes de Buffalo a participar en una audiencia pública para revisar el Plan de Acción Anual 2014/15 de la cuidad para las siguientes becas federales: Community Development Block Grant; HOME Investment Partnerships; Emergency Solutions Grant; y Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

Un resumen ejecutivo del Plan de Acción Anual será distribuido durante la audiencia. El plan completo estará disponible en www.city-buffalo.com (busque: “consolidated plan”) empezando Julio 15. El plan también puede ser revisado en persona durante horas regulares de trabajo en 920 City Hall.

Inmediatamente después de la audiencia del Plan de Acción Anual, la ciudad presentará enmiendas a Planes de Acción Anual previos para revisión pública y comentarios. Estas enmiendas también estarán disponible en el sitio web de la cuidad Julio 15.

Comentarios escritos sobre el Plan de Acción Anual y enmiendas son bienvenidos, y serán incluidos en el documento que la ciudad someterá a HUD. Comentarios deben ser recibidos a no más tardar de Jueves 14 de Agosto de 2014 a 920 City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202; o a [email protected].

Para más información sobre este aviso público, o si requiere medidas especiales para la audiencia pública, por favor llame al 851-4362.

11/05/2012

MAYOR BROWN, DPW ANNOUNCE 2012 BAGGED LEAF COLLECTION

Citywide collection begins November 12, 2012

Today, Mayor Byron Brown and Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak announced that, effective November 12, 2012 – November 16, 2012, Buffalo DPW crews will begin picking up bagged leaves as part of the city’s seasonal recycling program to remove leaves and yard debris from the City of Buffalo.

To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place their leaves in clear plastic or recyclable bags, and leave them out on their curb before their scheduled garbage pickup. By bagging leaves in this manner, collection costs are kept at a minimum; leaves should not be placed in garbage totes. Also, residents should be advised that raking leaves into city streets is illegal and punishable by fine.

Although they are scheduled on the same days, leaves will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal. As an alternative to this pickup, the City opened three drop-off locations on November 1st where residents can bring their unwanted leaves and lawn debris.

The three sites are:

• Cazenovia Park Golf course parking lot South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood
• Shoshone Park Parking lot North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard
• Seneca Street 1120, parking lot Between Babcock and Smith

These drop-off sites will be open from 8:00 am – 4:00pm, Monday through Saturday, November 17th.

After their collection, all leaves will be brought to Lardon Construction, Inc. a registered composting facility. If anyone has any questions or needs further information, please call 3-1-1.

10/04/2012
Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy - City of Buffalo

City Residents Encouraged to Apply for Fall Session of
Mayor Brown’s Citizens’ Participation Academy


Buffalo - Mayor Byron Brown is pleased to announce that applications for the Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy are now available for interested citizens. Classes for the fall session are scheduled to begin on Thursday, November 1, 2012 and conclude in January 2013.

“The purpose of this initiative is to provide practical and useful information to citizens,” said Mayor Brown, noting how the Academy creates a unique and informal environment where city administrators and interested citizens can interact and exchange ideas. In offering such an initiative, the city hopes to encourage participants to partner more often with city government on a wide variety of issues facing Buffalo.

Created in the fall of 2006, the Academy was designed to give City of Buffalo residents a better understanding of local government by providing an interactive forum where they learned first-hand about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo. During the Academy, participants will learn how city government operates and touch on a number of issues from education, public safety, community programs and economic development. Each session unites several Commissioners and Directors with participants in an informal setting, to learn about the structure, challenges, and vision for their respective departments.

The fall session marks the sixth year of this initiative under the Brown administration. Past Academy graduates include city residents, block club members, business owners, and community leaders. CPA graduates often remain involved in city government by participating in focus groups and other volunteer activities. During the 2006 October Surprise storm, many participants volunteered with the city during this major emergency situation, assisting citizens in need who reached out to the Mayor’s 311 Call and Resolution Center.

Oswaldo Mestre Jr., Director of the Division of Citizen Services, believes the Academy is an excellent way to give citizens a glimpse into city government and its inner workings. He said, “In working to provide initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for City of Buffalo residents, the Academy serves as a great informational tool that will hopefully inspire residents to remain committed to their community.”

This free 8-session course, geared towards City of Buffalo residents, aged 18 and older, is offered during the spring and fall. Applications, available at the Division of Citizen Services, 218 City Hall and on the City’s website (http://www.city-buffalo.com/cpa) will be accepted until October 19, 2012. For additional information please email [email protected] or call Citizen Services at 716-851-5672.

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City Residents Encouraged to Apply for Fall Session ofMayor Brown’s Citizens’ Participation AcademyBuffalo - Mayor Byron...
10/04/2012
Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy - City of Buffalo

City Residents Encouraged to Apply for Fall Session of
Mayor Brown’s Citizens’ Participation Academy


Buffalo - Mayor Byron Brown is pleased to announce that applications for the Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy are now available for interested citizens. Classes for the fall session are scheduled to begin on Thursday, November 1, 2012 and conclude in January 2013.

“The purpose of this initiative is to provide practical and useful information to citizens,” said Mayor Brown, noting how the Academy creates a unique and informal environment where city administrators and interested citizens can interact and exchange ideas. In offering such an initiative, the city hopes to encourage participants to partner more often with city government on a wide variety of issues facing Buffalo.

Created in the fall of 2006, the Academy was designed to give City of Buffalo residents a better understanding of local government by providing an interactive forum where they learned first-hand about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo. During the Academy, participants will learn how city government operates and touch on a number of issues from education, public safety, community programs and economic development. Each session unites several Commissioners and Directors with participants in an informal setting, to learn about the structure, challenges, and vision for their respective departments.

The fall session marks the sixth year of this initiative under the Brown administration. Past Academy graduates include city residents, block club members, business owners, and community leaders. CPA graduates often remain involved in city government by participating in focus groups and other volunteer activities. During the 2006 October Surprise storm, many participants volunteered with the city during this major emergency situation, assisting citizens in need who reached out to the Mayor’s 311 Call and Resolution Center.

Oswaldo Mestre Jr., Director of the Division of Citizen Services, believes the Academy is an excellent way to give citizens a glimpse into city government and its inner workings. He said, “In working to provide initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for City of Buffalo residents, the Academy serves as a great informational tool that will hopefully inspire residents to remain committed to their community.”

This free 8-session course, geared towards City of Buffalo residents, aged 18 and older, is offered during the spring and fall. Applications, available at the Division of Citizen Services, 218 City Hall and on the City’s website (http://www.city-buffalo.com/cpa) will be accepted until October 19, 2012. For additional information please email [email protected] or call Citizen Services at 716-851-5672.

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07/20/2012
Recycling - City of Buffalo

RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONIC WASTE FOR FREE

City of Buffalo Announces Summer E-Waste Recycling Day

As a part of the successful re-launch of its recycling program, the City of Buffalo will sponsor a special residential computer and electronics recycling drop-off day. This free event will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Buffalo State College, Lot G off Grant Street, and will be cosponsored by Buffalo State EverGreen.

Residents are encouraged to properly dispose of electronic equipment by dropping off their e-waste between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Items accepted at this free-of-charge recycling event are computer systems (CPU’s, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), cell phones, fax machines, wires, televisions, video games, VCR’s, and DVD players.

When thrown out with the garbage, household computers and electronics, which often contain hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), can contaminate our air, soil and water. Through proper disposal methods or recycling, these hazardous substances are reprocessed and reused in an environmentally-responsible manner. New York State law now prohibits municipalities from discarding e-waste into landfills, so these materials should be recovered, recycled at all times. Recycling these products also reduces the need to mine the earth for raw materials.

Electronics recycling services are always available year-round at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage (1120 Seneca St. from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). For more information, please call the Mayor’s Call and Resolution Center at 716-851-4890 or 311, or visit our website www.city-buffalo.com/recycle.

The city recently started a three-month trial of 50 meters on sections of Court, Ellicott and Bryant streets, Parking Co...
12/05/2011
Solar-powered meters look like a hit

The city recently started a three-month trial of 50 meters on sections of Court, Ellicott and Bryant streets, Parking Commissioner Kevin J. Helfer said.

The City of Buffalo is trying out solar-powered parking meters that accept credit card payments right at the top of the meter. The city recently star...

08/04/2011

We are excited to welcome the AmeriCorps NCCC's Moose 5 team to Citizen Services! They will be teaming up with the Mayor's Clean and Seal team later today. Make sure to welcome them to Buffalo if you see them out and about!

08/02/2011

Today is National Night Out. Make sure to stop by your neighborhood event!

Thank you Blue Cross/Blue Shield!
08/02/2011
A Blue Boost for Humboldt Basin - Buffalo Rising

Thank you Blue Cross/Blue Shield!

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A story about the work of one of our fabulous Clean Sweep partners, the UB Smile team.
07/25/2011
Oral Health America » Blog Archive » OHA Witnesses How the U.B. Smile Team Brings Healthy Smiles.

A story about the work of one of our fabulous Clean Sweep partners, the UB Smile team.

One of OHA’s summer highlights was being named an honorary member of the University of Buffalo Smile Team, a group that participates in the City of Buffalo’s Operation Clean Sweep program. Organized four years ago to stem problems in declining Buffalo neighborhoods, Clean Sweep is focused not only o

07/20/2011

Mayor Byron Brown announced today that two cooling centers will be open due to the hot weather.

The city operated senior centers are:

• 337 Summer Street at Richmond Avenue
• 1800 Clinton Street - the Autumnwood Center,

Both will have extended hours to serve the elderly and those in need. The expanded hours will be 8:30am-8pm today through Friday. Normally the centers close at 4pm.

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